Smart Fertilizer and Green Gardening Choices

TheGreenCenterGreen Blizzard is always looking for new ways and ideas to help you lower your carbon footprint.  Piece by piece, step by step, choice by choice, we can all continually work to reduce our personal carbon footprints.  In Melbourne Australia, the folks at The Green Centre, are helping their customers reduce their carbon output with various services and products.   Your garden is a collection of captured carbon, why not turn your attention there.

Choosing A New Lawn

When choosing a new lawn, you will need to consider a few things before you lay it down.

First of all, consider the location; if you are near the beach, you will need a lawn with a high tolerance to salt, if your lawn will get full exposure to sunlight, you will want a lawn that is tough enough to withstand such direct contact. Conversely, if your lawn will have shady pockets, you want one that will thrive in that kind of environment, but all lawns require a certain amount of sunlight per day.

In addition to its location, you will want to think about it’s use; will it be used as a parking spot or a play area? Perhaps it won’t really get walked on at all, the typical usage of your lawn will determine the toughness of the breed that is best for you. Once you have decided on which lawn is best, you are going to have to pull up and prepare a large area of your existing garden and that means a pile of green waste.

Green Waste

Any avid gardener will end up with stacks of green waste and piles of soil after a good weekend of gardening. Preparing your soil and planting your flowers and veggies means you have had to prune back a few trees, get rid of a bit of soil and plant some seeds. After this, you are left with your green waste and soil, and none of this is able to go into your rubbish bin. This is why most houses have a green bin to get rid of their green waste. If you don’t have a green bin, it’s easy to use this green waste on your garden, you can turn it into compost to be used to fertilize your green garden with this simple compost bin or tumbler.

Greenwaste Pile

Green Fertilizer

Soft garden prunings like expired flowers and vegetables, autumn leaves and weeds can be laid out on your lawn and chopped up with your lawn mower. They can then be recycled and turned into compost, placed in a no-dig garden, scattered over your garden to be used as mulch or turned into liquid fertiliser. Weeds in particular, are the best for liquid fertiliser; place your chopped up weeds into a bucked and fill with water. Once the water is a murky brown, strain it and dilute it 1:9, apply it to your plants as needed. Anything left over can go into your compost.

There is no easier way to make use of your garden offcuts, unless you have piles of it that can be taken away by a gardening centre, like The Green Centre, who turn large amounts of green waste into compost.

Check out some of the other Green Blizzard gardening articles that provide insights to reducing your carbon footprint while gardening:  Cold Frames – A Carbon Footprint Eraser,  Is Composting Worth The Time and Money,  or Planting Trees To Offset Your Carbon Footprint.


About the author

Danielle McAnn

Danielle is our voice from Australia rounding out our Green Blizzard writing team with another perspective from Down Under.